Our Voice: Service is alive and well in Tracy
by TP Editorial Board
Mar 23, 2012 | 3013 views | 12 12 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Service isn’t dead — at least not in Tracy.

We got more proof Tuesday, March 20, when six service organizations went before the City Council, offering to foot the bill for an entrance sign to the city that bears their groups’ symbols.

Such signs are strewn across the country at the limits of cities big and small, and while the specific names of the clubs sometimes differ, they all announce the same idea — the community you’re about to enter is alive with people who care.

It’s a chorus Tracy can easily join, with or without the sign. Every time there’s a call for volunteers, a need unfilled, a charity in trouble, people here step up — and folks from the Soroptimist, Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs often lead the charge.

We’re proud to be that type of community and to have such dedicated neighbors, and it’s a no-brainer for the city to accommodate the groups’ donation, especially as they’ve volunteered to pay for the sign’s construction.

The only criticism we can offer echoes that of Mayor Brent Ives. We wish there were space on the to-be-built monument for more than only the six groups that have so far stepped forward.

Because there should always be room for more when it comes to community volunteers.
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TracyGuy
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March 26, 2012
Tommybahama: Put need to put down your typing-fingers and think before you whine like the dumb Moron you are. Only you would assume that an individual speaking in favor of an organization’s project is the President of that organization. Before you cut and paste text, you ought to take a moment to read it first to ensure it supports your baseless comment.

BornandraisedinTracy: Why are you and the service organizations you belong to giving up like a bunch of wimps and quitters just because the Council discussed the donation of the sign? As offspring of visitors from the planet Moron, you and the other members owe it to your kinfolk that you don’t embarrass the smart Morons by acting so dumb and lazy.

You stupidly say that all the service clubs have not been given the opportunity to participate, but did any of them bother to show up for last week’s Council-lead discussion which was posted ahead of time as required by law. Why weren’t the officers of your unnamed service organization more proactive in participating in that discussion? Do both of the unnamed service organizations you speak of allow only members who are illiterate and mute?
TracyGuy
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March 26, 2012
The first line above should have read:

Tommybahama: You need to put down your typing-fingers and think before you whine like the

TomBenigno
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March 26, 2012
Readers:

I wish Tommy B would change his tag, I'm the real Tom Benigno, I don't use anonymous names. Go to www. benigno2012.com Thanks

Bird_Man
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March 27, 2012
And Readers... Take special note of the final sentence on Dear Tom's Home page. You know... How he's hoping to serve the county and the taxpayers - you know - the public. And then, go look at the Platform page and read item 1. (It's my favorite) Tom explains that there are those who want to make change or - GASP - do public service and then immediately how "that's a joke."

What is it you are trying to say Tom? Is public service really a joke to you? If so, why on earth should we vote for you?
TracyGuy
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March 26, 2012
This is another sample of Moronic comments from Tommybahama.

The service-club sign project has been going on for a number of years. Any service club could have taken this idea and successfully performed all the leg-work necessary to make it happen, but it was a Rotary member who volunteered a couple of years ago to solicit the interest of other clubs, work on the design, work with City staff for guidance, and work with the City Council to get it approved.

All service clubs had the opportunity to participate and pay their share of the cost, but only six clubs stepped up to plate. I didn't attend the Council meeting at which this item was approved, but I'll bet not a single service club sent a representative to complain, or show their late-in-the-game interest in participating in the sign project. I'm sure that if other organizations want to put up another sign, the ground-work has now been done and it will be much easier to get another sign approved.

Your statement that Mike Souza is President of the morning Rotary club is another Moronic comment on your part. I just checked with a long-time member of that club and he is neither a current or prior president of that club.
tommybahama
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March 26, 2012
You must have missed this article TracyGuy. It's dated Mar. 22, 2012 and Mike Souza was spoke on behalf of the Sunrise Rotary, which means he's the spokesman or the President. Either way he represents them.

Service clubs put out their shingle

by Jon Mendelson / Tracy Press

Mar 22, 2012 | 1031 views | 2 | 1 | |

Six local service groups are pitching in to lay out a new welcome mat to Tracy travelers.

The town’s two Rotary clubs, two Lions clubs, the Soroptimists and Kiwanis plan to donate a structure that would stand on 11th Street somewhere between Lammers and Corral Hollow roads, greeting motorists headed eastward into the city.

“It’s really unquantifiable the amount of service these clubs supply to the community,” said the Sunrise Rotary’s Mike Souza, who discussed the idea at the Tuesday, March 20, City Council meeting.

“We’d really like to be able to tell people that we’re here.”

The sign, designed to fit the city’s wayfinding motif, would feature the symbols of the six service organizations, which Souza said would donate the money to erect the monument. The city would be responsible for maintenance, but Souza said that should be minimal.
bornandraisedintracy
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March 26, 2012
@TracyGuy. ALL service organizations have NOT been given the opportunity to participate. Many would have gladly paid their share of the cost as this type of sign is one of the best ways to alert members of the community or those driving through that they are available options. The organization which I belong had contacted the City of Tracy for several years requesting information on how to go about getting the sign up. We were told that a Tracy Firefighter had taken the sign and was going to refurbish it and then reinstall it. We made donations to this project and each time we asked about it, we were told he was working on this as a volunteer and they couldn't push him. I checked with two organizations that I'm active in and neither of our secretaries received information on this project.
TracyGuy
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March 26, 2012
And most importantly, did you and your angry club members ignore the important fact that Council did not approve the sign? Council merely discussed the sign-donation and gave staff some direction because the Council, unlike you and the other dumb Morons you hang out with realize that the Council will have to amend the sign ordinance, a process that requires Planning Commission review before it comes back to Council in a few months for possible approval. Do you think you and your quitter buddies can get your fat butts to the those pending Planning Commission meetings so you can assist them, as Council requested of them, to determine: what community organization are eligible to advertise on the signs, how many such signs would be allowable, the locations of such signs, and funding of sign maintenance. I suspect the service clubs who are proactive and who have joined ranks to put up this first sign will be there – will yours?

And I have to wonder why any service organizations, like the two you belong to, would pre-pay a fireman to paint and refurbish an old sign that unlikely meets any of the City’s codes and ordinances? And what City Staff person encouraged you to participate in that scam?

bornandraisedintracy
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March 23, 2012
I wonder why the groups that got together, excluded the other organizations that have been in town for 100 years? These groups have serving the community, the youth and providing support to many throughout the years and are still a strong support in the City of Tracy. Their insignias were placed with pride on the previous welcome sign which disappeared without notice. Please contact the rest of the organizations and I'm sure that as we work as a TEAM and provide the type of monument sign that the volunteers from throughout the entire community deserve. For many driving into a town, this is how they determine if an organization is a part of the community.
tommybahama
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March 23, 2012
You can start by looking at the Presidents of the Morning Rotary and the Noontime Rotary. One is Mike Souza and the other is none other than the city manager.

That should tell you alot about the relationship between developers and city hall.
bornandraisedintracy
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March 26, 2012
Thanks Tommybahama.....this explains a lot. I WILL contact Mike Souza, the City Manager and the council and ask them, in the "Spirit of Service and Community" to include the other groups in this venture! Thank you for the insight!

french48
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March 23, 2012
We have a new market in town and nothing in the paper? The place is packed...what kind of home town reporting is this?


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